ABILENE, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' women's basketball team dropped another tough one at home, falling 68-63 in overtime to Ozarks in American Southwest Conference action at the Mabee Complex on Monday evening.
In the first quarter, the teams exchanged four leads and the game was tied three times and the Cowgirls led 13-12 after one quarter. Ozarks opened the second quarter on a 10-0 run to push its lead to 22-13. HSU chipped away and trailed 29-26 at halftime.
Ozarks again started a quarter on fire with a 9-1 run to start the quarter to take a 38-27 lead. The Cowgirls changed the tempo of the game with some full-court pressure and cut the deficit to 44-41.
In the fourth quarter, HSU took its first lead since the start of the second quarter on a free throw by Gabby Zullo with 3:44 to play. Ozarks led 57-54 with 1:35 remaining and Heidi Schroeder hit a pair of free throws with 1:14 to play and Ryan Bush split a pair with :09 to tie the game for HSU. Kamryn McKinney's shot at the buzzer for the win fell off for Ozarks.
In the overtime, Ozarks led and then Schroeder cut the deficit to 64-63 with :36 to play with a lay-up. Diamond Goodwyn answered with a basket and the Cowgirls 3-pointer to tie came off the side of the rim.
HSU fell to 4-14 overall and 2-9 in ASC play. Ozarks is now 3-13 on the year and 1-9 in league play. HSU will play at crosstown rival McMurry on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
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